O’Shea takes over from Richards at Quins
Conor O'Shea has seen off a star-studded field to become the new director of rugby at Harlequins.
The 39-year-old former Ireland international will begin his new job in March, heading up Quins' existing coaching staff of John Kingston, Colin Osborne and Tony Diprose.
Head coach Kingston recently agreed a new contract, but Diprose was thought to be among the rugby director contenders alongside candidates like British and Irish Lions chief Ian McGeechan and ex-Scotland supremo Frank Hadden.
Quins though, have turned to one-time London Irish rugby director and player O'Shea, who won 35 Test caps between 1993 and 2000.
O'Shea, currently national director at the English Institute of Sport (EIS), will fill the vacancy created by Dean Richards' resignation earlier this year.